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Oh Deer! What a Reindeer

  By DON STINE Ocean Township resident Dave Gallina, a professional woodworker, knows how to celebrate Christmas in a big way; namely with a 15-foot-high wooden reindeer he made for his front lawn. “I made it primarily for my girlfriend, my children, and my grandchildren. They love it but I want everyone to stop by and enjoy it. Many people stop and take pictures standing underneath it,” he said. The massive reindeer is made from six sheets of plywood, took about 40 hours of work to construct, and a gallon of white paint to decorate. Gallina, who will be 70…

Midtown Tree Lighting in Neptune

  Midtown Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Midtown Commons, West Lake Avenue, Neptune is scheduled for Wed., Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. The ceremony will take place across from the Jane H. Booker Family Health Center. It will feature performances by Neptune High School Band, Chorus, Cheerleaders, Dancers, NJROTC, and NHS Shakespeare Society. This event is free and open to the public. Bring your camera to take pictures with Santa. Sponsored by Midtown Urban Renaissance Corporation (MURC) and Neptune High School. For more information call the MURC Office at 732-988-4400.

Donate a Toy, Enjoy Free Buffet

  Georgie’s Bar on Fifth Avenue in Asbury Park will host the annual toy drive to benefit the Asbury Park Toy Drive from 5 to 10 p.m. Sun., Dec. 6. Those attending are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy for a boy or girl and enjoy a free buffet, drink specials and live entertainment featuring Lady Marisa and Christy Girlington with musical guests Lisa and Wendy, the Acoustic Duo with Chris “Jiggy’ Whittet on guitar. All proceeds benefit the children of Asbury Park. In addition those attending the Stone Pony show featuring Nicole Atkins with Marco Beneventos Dec. 5…

Democrat Challenger Wins Seat in Neptune City Recount

  By JOSEPH SAPIA A recount in the Neptune City election shows Democrat challenger Michael Skudera winning a seat on the Borough Council. Practically speaking, the only votes in question were those of Skudera and incumbent Republican Richard Pryor. The recount showed Skudera beat Pryor, 602 to 601, for a three-year, full term on Council. Skudera, who sought elected office for the first time, said he was pleased and noted that the last few weeks were “pretty crazy.” “I liked the experience; I learned a lot about the town and the residents,” he said. “Overall it was a good experience.”…

Solar Energy Project Planned at Seabrook in Tinton Falls

  By PETE WALTON A new solar energy project, which has been approved by Tinton Falls officials, will provide electricity to Seabrook Village. The Tinton Falls Board of Adjustment approved a proposal by KDC Solar of Bedminster for 3 megawatts of ground-mounted solar infrastructure on 10 acres adjacent to the village, a 98-acre retirement community on Essex Road and owned by Erickson Living. Seabrook Village’s buildings and the area where the solar project is to be located are completely surrounded by wooded, vacant land. “The project has been designed to minimize adverse impacts on environmental elements such as soil erosion,…

Ocean Board Denies Proposal for Dorm on Logan Road

  By DON STINE A proposal to create a Talmudic Academy that would house 96 college-age students in an existing school on Logan Road in the Wanamassa section was unanimously denied by the Ocean Township Zoning Board of Adjustment at the Dec. 1 meeting. The seven-member board was forced to vote on the use variance application after the applicant, Yeshiva Gedolah Na’os Yaakov, Inc., based in Lakewood, refused to sign a time waiver that would have allowed testimony to be carried to another future meeting. Under state law, a board must decide an application within 120 days unless a time…

3 Charged in 2009 Killing of Neptune City Woman

  Following a relentless investigation by local and county law enforcement three men have been charged with the 2009 murder of a Neptune City woman. Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said James Fair, 27, Ebenezer Byrd, 35, and Gregory Jean-Baptiste, 26, all of Asbury Park, are each charged with first degree Felony Murder, first degree Robbery, second degree Conspiracy, second degree Burglary, second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and second degree Certain Persons Not to Possess Weapons, in connection with the Sept. 14, 2009 death of 33-year-old…

Asbury Park’s Newest Hotel to Open in May

  The Asbury, described as a “fantasy vacation psotcard come to life,” is scheduled to open in May of next year. It will be the city’s first new hotel to open in 50 years. The long vacant Salvation Army building at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Kingsley Street is being transformed into The Asbury, the youngest project in the multi-billion-dollar redevelopment by real-estate company iStar. The Asbury, which will feature 110 guest rooms, will create spaces like a giant rec-room lobby where adults can feel like kids again, kids can unleash their imaginations, and the outside world gets left…

Bonfire, Refreshments, Wagon Rides Planned in Bradley Beach

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach will host a holiday weekend bursting with activities from Nov. 27 through the 29. The weekend kicks off with a community bonfire at the 5th Avenue beach from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 27. The weekend will continue with sales and specials on Small Business Saturday presented by the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce with participating local businesses. On Sat., Nov. 28, new and established local businesses will be featuring sales and specials all day long with sidewalk sales and extended hours. “The Chamber is very excited about Small Business Saturday,” said Brenda Connolly,…

Preparing for One of Shore’s Oldest Rivalries

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER They’ll go at it again on Thanksgiving Day. The Asbury Park High School football team will host Neptune at 10 a.m. in the 88th renewal of one of the state’s oldest rivalries. The rivalry between the neighboring towns was born in 1908, according to Asbury Park School District spokeswoman Chanta L. Jackson. She said records indicate the Scarlet Fliers lead the series 46-37-4. Jackson said games were not played during war time. Asbury Park coach Tim Fosque and Neptune coach Rodney Taylor are far from strangers to the rivalry. Fosque played guard and defensive end for…